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Elevator Pitch: Burn Note Raising Funds to Keep Messages Private

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In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Burn Note founder Jacob Robbins explains how he plans to take his private messaging system to the next level. Competitors like Snapchat may be all the rage with the younger crowd, but Robbins tells WebMediaBrands CEO Alan Meckler that his ephemeral messaging platform can also help adults make their emails more secure at work.

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YouTube Weighs Paid Subscriptions | Sources: Microsoft Considers $1.2B Yammer Buy | Facebook to Respond to Lawsuits

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YouTubeYouTube Chief Mulls Paid Subscriptions (Reuters)
YouTube is exploring selling subscriptions to provide access to some of its video offerings, potentially providing a way for certain cable channels to be available outside the traditional “bundles” offered by cable network providers, said YouTube boss Salar Kamangar. Cable channels with smaller audiences will in the future migrate to the Web and become available on an “a la carte” basis, Kamangar said at the Reuters Media and Technology Summit on Thursday. Engadget It appears YouTube is testing a new homepage styled more like the look that recently rolled out on Google+. The current default look rolled out last winter with more focus on channels and social integration, while this new facade features more white space and list of channels and friends to the side. Los Angeles Times YouTube and Google+ are starting to look a lot more alike, and now, they will play together more too. The team behind YouTube announced Thursday that the service’s Google+ app has received an update increasing the amount of things that users can do with YouTube videos inside Google+ hangouts. The Next Web This is the perfect example of an integration that makes Google look like more of a social powerhouse with each release. This new app is available worldwide in 60-plus languages and takes all of the hard work that the YouTube team has put into playlists inside of Google+ Hangouts. WebProNews As ubiquitous as YouTube now seems, it’s easy to forget that the company is less than a decade old. In just over seven years, the video sharing website has spread all over the globe and continues to quickly expand into new markets. Despite this, YouTube only operates 46 individual country YouTube sites. This week, Indonesia became that 46th country. Read more

Facebook to Set Final IPO Price | Pinterest Raises $120 Million | States Weigh Social Media Gambling

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Facebook to Set Final IPO Price Later Today (CNN Money)
Facebook’s long road to an initial public offering is coming to an end. Late Thursday, it will fill in one last piece of the puzzle: Its final IPO price. Mashable On Wednesday, Facebook announced that an extra 84 million shares will be added to its stock pool for sale. The extra shares will come entirely from insiders and early investors, according to the AP. Reuters But investors who want Facebook shares when the No. 1 online social network goes public later this week may have lost the opportunity. TD Ameritrade and Fidelity’s brokerage arm both stopped accepting orders of Facebook shares as of Tuesday evening, according to representatives for each of the companies. CNET Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who is simultaneously becoming one of the richer and more reviled people around, wants to set the record straight. Saverin, who is now a citizen of Singapore after renouncing his U.S. citizenship, said his decision has nothing to do with taxes. Forbes All eyes are on Facebook this week in the lead-up to the social network’s initial public offering, but Google did all it could to steal back a little bit of glory on Wednesday. One of the biggest pieces of news was the search company’s addition of “Knowledge Graph” to its core product, a way to find answers without ever clicking a link and leaving the search results page. Read more

African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Users Can Now Update their Google+ Status through SMS

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The Google India Blog announced that users can now easily post status updates to Google+ via SMS.  For some foreign countries where mobile internet isn’t always a given in all areas, this tool allows people to stay up to date without having to head over to an Internet cafe or finding a wi-fi signal.  The feature is pretty simple, but adds to Google+’s buffet of services.

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As Users Choose Social Media over SMS Texts, Mobile Operators Lose Billions

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I remember when I first visited Japan in 1997.  Our group of North Americans were shocked at how even teenage girls had their own cell phones, complete with dangling bells and ornaments.  What surprised us more was their use of “SMS” messaging to send chat messages to one another.  After I’d returned from the trip, I did some research and found that the phenomenon was also spreading all over Europe — Brits in particular sent millions of text messages per year.

It would be a few more years before we had it over on our continent, but once it hit, it hit big.  That’s what it’s a bit of a changing of the guard to see that social media messaging (Facebook, Twitter, etc) is costing mobile operators billions of dollars in SMS revenue.

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ClassParrot: Secure Private School-related Text Messaging Between Teachers and Students

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Text messages has, as many millions of frequent user know, earned is place as a high value tool despite its relatively low-tech nature in a world increasingly filled with smartphones and tablets. It works on nearly every phone regardless of how smart, or not, it is. It is so ubiquitess and useful that one company launched a service that speifically targets a perceived need in the K-12 school space.
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AT&T Advice and Instructions for Dealing with Text Message Spam

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A couple of spam text messages hit my iPhone recently. So, I tweeted a question to AT&T Wireless’s Customer Care Twitter account to learn what advice they might offer. You can see the response in the screenshot above. AT&T’s advice to use the word STOP to block messages is, it turns out, specifically to deal with messages from Short Code numbers. However, AT&T provides ways to deal with other kind of text message spam on this web support page.
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